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Read Poems by Irene Hammer-McLaughlin

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Hang Up

Intoned and on automatic –
almost entirely dialed…
then ordered into sudden

Inaudible sigh.
Quietly, I rest – for now.

I’ll use the downtime to build up my strength.
Stubborn, how I resent
being put down and willfully ignored.
(Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
Immobile: yet how moving?
A little manipulator
evoking the first law of thermodynamics
(it’s true, even in love)
in my application, to get to work:
“Your emotions aren’t going to evaporate,
you know. Just make the call.”

I love bearing witness to the fight in her.
She loses it just a little every single day.
Sometimes, she throws me.
Maybe I’m astonished, but I don’t break easily.

And, I think, I will, eventually, win.

Copyright © Irene Hammer-McLaughlin | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 2/28/2017 2:57:00 AM

    Very well penned, Irene. T.J